Trump insulted UK's May, called Germany's Merkel 'stupid' in calls: report

Senior U.S. officials believed President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE posed a danger to national security after phone calls to other heads of state, according to classified phone calls obtained by CNN.

The CNN report claims that multiple high-ranking administration officials, such as former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off NSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order After insurrection: The national security implications MORE, former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage Senate confirms Austin to lead Pentagon under Biden Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE and former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonSenate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick Biden must wait weekend for State Department pick Tillerson: 'We squandered the best opportunity we had on North Korea' MORE, concluded that the president was "delusional” after the phone calls. 

Trump reportedly told former British Prime Minister Theresa MayTheresa Mary MayThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Money talks: Why China is beating America in Asia China is winning the war for global tech dominance MORE that she was "a fool" and spineless in her approach to Brexit, NATO and immigration policy. He also told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was "stupid” and accused her of being in the pocket of the Russians. 


Sources told CNN he “demeaned and denigrated” the two leaders in “near-sadistic" verbal attacks.  

Merkel reportedly took the attacks gracefully, letting Trump’s quips go "like water off a duck's back.” May, on the other hand, got “flustered and nervous" when the president got aggressive with her. 

"He clearly intimidated her and meant to,” one source told CNN.

A German official told CNN that Merkel decided to shrink her circle of advisers monitoring the calls with Trump because “they are indeed problematic."

The CNN report also claims that Trump “bullied and disparaged” other leaders, such as French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel Biden talks NATO, climate change in first presidential call with France's Macron Kerry promises Europeans Biden will seek to make up time on climate action MORE and Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauCanadian lawmakers vote to label Proud Boys a terrorist organization Biden talks NATO, climate change in first presidential call with France's Macron Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE. Meanwhile, Trump was quite friendly with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin labels pro-Navalny rallies dangerous, illegal The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, though sources told CNN officials that they were concerned about how unprepared the president would arrive at meetings.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.